MV GETS EVIL
Is it a scrambler? Is it a streetfighter? No – it’s the new MV Agusta RVS#1
A few months ago Giovanni Castiglioni told MCN there would be several new models from MV Agusta this year, and the first is this new Dragster-based RVS#1. RVS stands for Reparto Veicoli Speciali, which roughly translates to ‘design and engineering at the highest level’ and it’s a special department within MV. This bike is dubbed #1, suggesting there could also be a series of these RVS specials – but what exactly is it?
In simple terms it’s a special-edition Dragster 800 RR, and it shares the same 140hp, 800cc three cylinder engine. To go with that power figure is a meaty 64ftlb of torque but if that’s not enough for you, peak power can be pushed up to 150bhp if you purchase the optional SC exhaust and ECU map in the racing kit. It also shares the same steel trellis frame and swingarm, suspension, brakes, seat unit and tank as the Dragster.
But the RVS has been completely restyled with machined aluminium aplenty. All the controls are new as are the retro-styled headlight and barend mirrors. The side spotlights are a fun addition that mean you’ll always have interesting mood lighting wherever you go. The spoked wheels are similar to the Dragster but the wavy discs and scrambler-esque tyres are new. The Dragster RR doesn’t have a skull on the key either.
It’s not just a styling exercise though, as there are some interesting bits of tech hiding in the outlandish parts. The headlight, for instance, adjusts its beam according to lean angle and speed, while the exotic materials mean it has a 168kg dry weight (or 160kg with the SC exhaust).
There’s no doubting its unique looks but however good those Pirelli MT60 RS tyres are, this bike is going nowhere near the dirt, so we’d stick some sports rubber on it and you’d have a great naked road tool.
Sleek, stylish and a skull on the numberplate hanger. What’s not to like?
The new MV sports interesting side spotlights